Sunday, October 4, 2015

Water Puppet show Hanoi, Vietnam

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi
This is something so unique that I had to share it. These water puppet show pictures are courtesy Soma who travelled to Vietnam last year, and that is when I came to know of the water puppet show.

I will share a video that is more detailed, she did not take too many still photos, and hopefully when I post the video it will give you an idea of how beautiful this show is!

The origin of this water puppet show dates back to the 11th century; villagers would use this traditional art form to entertain when the paddy fields were flooded with water. They made use of the water to innovate this traditional form of puppetry into this water puppet form.

And now the same art form is such a world famous water puppet show!

The puppet show tells some beautiful stories such as, the love story of a phoenix pair, the story of emperor Le Loi and the tortoise God of the Hoan Kiem lake, and many more such stories depicted so beautifully that one feels transformed to another world.

Some day I wish to visit Hanoi and see the live performance. If you happen to visit Hanoi, this is a must do. In fact, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi is the original location where villagers used this traditional form of puppetry.

Mythical birds puppets


Musicians at the water puppet show Hanoi
Women dancers 

Here is a very-very brief video of just a few seconds where you can see a snake darting in and out, it is too brief a video but that is just to whet your appetite:)

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